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The sport that consists of 1 to 8 people in which you row a boat with one oar each. It is extremely difficult and takes lots of different abilities. Most people think it involves only arms, which is so far from the truth. Most of the terminology can be related to sex, like the cox, crabs, and phrases like "In rowing, the catch is aggressive, the hands quick, the slide smooth, the drive powerful, and the oar is always hard." It is mainly a collegiate sport, but has been practiced around the world for ages.
Let's go row because rowing is the best sport ever!
by Rower's Unite January 17, 2005
Rowing is the only sport to originate as a form of capital punishment. I still can't figure out why I like it so much.
Vikings: Slaves and criminals would do the rowing, not the Vikings because they knew how much it sucked.
by get_some December 24, 2005
A sport where people race boats backwards on water. It is arguably the most physically intense sport out there; it is not for the weak.
The U.S. Rowing team won the 2004 Olympic gold. Hooray!
by ThatsBriskBaby December 19, 2005
the most intense sport ever and is much harder than any sport like ballet
if rowing were easy, it would be called ballet
by stacey December 02, 2004
One of the hardest sports in existence. Everything else is just a game. Rowing is not to be confused with sculling, in which each person holds 2 sculling blades compared to just one in rowing.
Rowing is about racing, mostly over 2000 meters. Boats can range from holding one sculler, to 8 rowers and a cox. The whole aim of a good rower is to get his blade into the water, pull as hard as he can and get the blade out again. He has to do this as efficiently as possible, ensuring his energy goes into making the boat move forward rather than slowing down.
The stroke a rower takes can be divided into seperate parts:
1. Back stops, where the rower is sitting back with the blade close to his body ready to move off, with the blade turned 45 degrees in relation to the water.
2. The arms move out to full extension.
3. The body leans forward
4. The legs compress moving the body up the slide until the shins of the rower are vertical. (this is called front stops)
5. The catch, where as soon as the rower reaches front stops the blade is placed in the water and pulled as hard as the cox tells you to.
6. Reverse the steps above with the blade in the water, bringing the blade back round to the body
7. The finish, where the blade is raised out of the water and feathered to lower air resistance, ready to start another stroke.
The rowing season essentially never ends, if the weather is bad outside we do ergo's and weights in the gym. Ergos are soul destroying hateful pieces of equipment. If possible stay well away from them.
However, rowing is the most rewarding sport, i got into the first 8 at school and now we are getting ready to race at Henley Royal Regatta. :D
Fat boy, pull harder you freeloader!! Rowing isn't the sport for you if you arn't willing to die for it!
by Mazdog118 June 22, 2006
A sport commonly known to gods, or elite athletes. where depending on the boat size; 8 lunatics pull on a levered ore to feel the excruciating pain flow through their forearms and thighs. A sport where mental strength is the key to winning. And taking one stroke off, would be giving up and surrendering to the other "crews."
The Harvard Rowing team is one of the fastest

Rowing is the only sport where you don't play with your balls.
by lgcrew December 25, 2010
The hardest sport. EVER. Much harder than swimming. But normally done by hotties.
*Swimmer*: You rowers are so lame. Especially those Zooties
*Rower*: What? Your googles are cooler?

Wow. Rowing is hard, but how freaking hot are they?
by rowingforeverbabe October 17, 2009
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